Jenne Farm – The most photographed farm in the world

Photographers line up to photograph Jenne Farm

Jenne Farm in Reading, Vermont (The address of the Jenne Farm is 1264 Jenne Road.) is suppose to be the most photographed farm in Vermont and perhaps the world.

It even showed up in Forest Gump in a scene where Forest is running across America (and back again) and it has been used in Budweiser commercials and other movies.

I’ve seen a lot of photographs of photographers lined up, tripod leg to tripod leg, in the early morning or like in this photo, in the middle of winter. I’ve visited the farm many times (and tossed a donation in the donation box) but have never run into another photographer there. Perhaps I don’t get up early enough or these are photo clubs or some kind of photo tour.
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….in the world of landscape photography, Jenne Farm becomes a sunrise mecca each autumn, a scene that so screams “quintessential New England fall” — rolling hills, weathered red barns, and an 18th-century farmhouse, all flanked by autumn leaves — that it has become, it is said, the most photographed farm in the country, perhaps the world.

“On busy days, there can easily be a hundred people up on that hill photographing everything we do, and sometimes people get confused and think it’s a park instead of a working farm and private residence. They’re always asking for the public restroom, when can they take a tour of the house, and the location of the restaurant.”

https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2017/10/13/the-autumn-cult-jenne-farm/6j0Mk6LdoJ566QFBAetosM/story.html
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In the world of amateur photography, an iconic spot like Jenne Farm becomes “must have” shot on photographer’s bucket list.  Once you’ve seen a photograph of the farm, you start seeing every where.  On calendars, on post cards, on book covers etc.

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Amateur photographers who “collect” these iconic spots become like a bird enthusiast tracks their life list and travel the world to check off more birds than that guy in the bird club.

Antelope Valley – check.

Grand Canyon – check

Bass Harbor Lighthouse – check

Nubble Light – Cape Neddick Lighthouse – check

Old Faithful – check

Eiffel Tower – check

The only problem is not seeing the forest for the trees or being so focused on these icons perhaps they miss other interesting places and scene that are right around them in their neck of the woods.  Also standing in a line with a dozen other photographers all getting the same exact shot doesn’t lead to much individual expression or personal style your work.

The goal with any iconic spot should be to bring a unique take on the location.  Difficult to do of course with a spot that has been shot to death.

Vintage Tractor Fine Art Photographs

Vintage Tractor photographs

The Art of the Tractor – celebrating the beauty of old farm tractors with fine art photographs and artwork from around New England and the world.

Do you like old tractors?  This is the place to see some of the finest tractor photography by photographer and vintage tractor hound, Edward M. Fielding.

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Living in the heart of old tractor hunting grounds, in the Upper Valley region and Kearsarge area of New Hampshire, near the boarder of Vermont, Fielding spends his time hunting the surrounding towns of Springfield, Sunapee, New London, Hanover, Lyme, Cornish as well as deep into rural Vermont in pursuit of fine old vintage tractors in the wild to photograph.

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John Deere, Farmall, International Harvester, Ford – if it is an old tractor sold back in the day in New England, chances are Fielding has found and documented it.

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Old tractors still in use plowing and haying meadows, old antiques restored and proudly displayed, classics for sale, rusty old heaps put out to pasture as decorations, cute little red house tractors peeking out of barns.

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tractor is an engineering vehicle specifically designed to deliver a high tractive effort (or torque) at slow speeds, for the purposes of hauling a trailer or machinery used in agriculture or construction.

 

Most commonly, the term is used to describe a farm vehicle that provides the power and traction to mechanize agricultural tasks, especially (and originally) tillage, but nowadays a great variety of tasks.

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Agricultural implements may be towed behind or mounted on the tractor, and the tractor may also provide a source of power if the implement is mechanized.

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To the tractor lover, there is something magical about the tractor in the pasture. It represents wisdom, strength, and former glory as the plower of soil, tender of crops, and the backbone of the nation.

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Much like the aging racehorse or the prize bull, after its working days are done, old tractors find resting spots on the edges of fields, alongside barns, or in the hedgerows.

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Today, these rusting piles of iron not only represent the memories of nostalgic farmers (past or present), they represent possibilities of restoration, rejuvenation, and new life as sparkling representations of an age gone by.

 


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Landscape Photography in Iceland

Great series on landscape photography in Iceland. We’ll be driving an RV around The Ring Road in a few days. I appreciate how this video series shows the roads and parking areas around the attractions.

This series of uses a lot of drone footage which give you an idea of the path and observation areas around various sights in Iceland.

How to remove people from photographs

Remove People – sometimes you want people in photographs, sometimes you don’t – Tips for People Removal

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Isn’t annoying?  You reach a beautiful spot, get ready to take a photograph and there are some annoying tourists right in the middle of your shot.  You wait for them to leave but then another one walks in front of your camera.  And then a bus load of Japanese tourists drives up and suddenly you have a hoard in front of your lens.  What do do?  Laboriously clone them out using Photoshop’s healing or cloning brushes?

A better solution might be to image stack the photos.  Basically if the people are on the move and you have your camera on a tripod, you can take a dozen pictures and stack them together.  Photoshop can figure out what moved between “frames” and fill in the missing information.  And voila!  Annoying tourists disappear like magic.  Here is how to do it:

  • Take at least a dozen photos in your ideal spot using a tripod.
  • In Photoshop and go to File > Scripts > Statistics.
  • Select “Median” for the stack mode and check “Attempt to Automatically Align Source Images.”
  • Click the “Browse…” button to select your set of photos and hit OK.
Use this Adobe Photoshop trick to remove people from photographs.

Photoshop will process the images to preserve the static background and remove everything that changes between the shots (the moving people). There might be some cleanup to do in Photoshop (lingering limbs, for example), but this might be the quickest and easiest way to get postcard-quality photos of your last trip. – Melanie Pinola

This video shows you how to remove people from the images using Adobe Photoshop and their scripts. It’s Magic!!!! Now you see them – Now you don’t. Use the Photoshop Median Stack Script to disappear the tourists from your photos.

Recently Sold: Old Ford Tractor Colored Pencil

My neighbor on Hayfield Road in Etna, New Hampshire, part of Hanover home of Dartmouth College, has this beautiful old red New England dairy barn which we walk the dog by nearly every single day. He used to have a couple of beef cows so we always call this walk – the trip to the cow. The dog understands.

Anyway he also occasionally brings out his cute vintage Ford tractor with its blue and white paint scheme and rounded styling. It really is cute. If any tractor was going to star in a Pixels “Cars” movie, this one would be it.

Recently a large canvas of this image was purchased and is going to Washington, DC.

Vintage Ford Tractor Artwork by Edward M. Fielding
Vintage Ford Tractor Artwork by Edward M. Fielding

Old Ford Tractor Colored Pencil

Image Size: 24.000″ x 19.250″

Total Size: 24.25″ x 19.5″

Print Material: Matte Finish Canvas

Frame: 718BLK – Metal Canvas Floater – Black – 718 Profil (718BLK)

Finishing: Gallery Wrap Stretched Canvas Print – 1.5″ Stretcher Bars – Black Sides

 

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Achieving that Modern Farmhouse Style

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We never tire of beautiful farmhouse decor—from bedrooms to kitchens, take a look at this collection of stunning artwork of  vintage tractors, farms, landscapes, cows, barns and more!  Great artwork for simple and rustic modern farmhouse styled rooms.

Modern Farm House Style Decor https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/art/farm

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Old Tractor Brown Toned by Edward M. Fielding

Old Tractor Brown Toned by Edward M. Fielding Modern Farm House Style Decor https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/art/farm

Rustic Modern is a method of interior design that refers to the use of historical period room installations or furniture within a more modern overall room design.  The design method is used for both the creation of room design in new homes and the restoration of older homes in an effort to keep their original charm while updating their utility for modern families.

 

Modern Farm House Decor Dining Room
Modern Farm House Decor Dining Room – https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/art/farm
Vintage Ford Tractor Square Framed Print
Vintage Ford Tractor Square Framed Print – Modern Farm House Style Decor – https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/art/farm

Shabby chic is a form of interior design where furniture and furnishings are either chosen for their appearance of age and signs of wear and tear or where new items are distressed to achieve the appearance of an antique.

 

Farmhouse butcher beef cuts chart
Farmhouse butcher beef cuts chart – Modern Farm House Style Decor –  https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/art/farm

 

Tractor art in the living room
Tractor art in the living room – Modern Farm House Style Decor – https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/art/farm
Photographs of old tractors
Photographs of old tractors by Edward M. Fielding – Modern Farm House Style Decor – https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/art/farm

Rustic Meets Refined – Getting that great modern look with a bit of a country twist just requires a few great elements such as down home photographs and artwork.  Old-fashioned farmhouse interiors may have been cozy, but they were also often dark. Today’s approach to farmhouse design combines many of the style’s classic elements — wide-plank wood floors, exposed beams and rustic wood furnishings, with a much brighter take.

Eggs in a Vintage Wire Basket
Eggs in a Vintage basket http://edward-fielding.pixels.com/featured/eggs-in-vintage-wire-egg-basket-edward-fielding.html
Old Red Tractor in the Snow
Old Red Tractor in the Snow – Modern Farm House Style Decor – https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/art/farm
Modern Farm House Style Decor
Modern Farm House Style Decor – https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/art/farm
Vintage Tractors artwork
Vintage Tractors artwork – Modern Farm House Style Decor – https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/art/farm

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Love of Photography or Love of Being on Vacation?

I think there is some confusion out there in photography land.  There is a true love of photography and then there is a “love of being on vacation with a camera”.

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A true love of photography is the deep need to document the world around you.  This when you never leave the house without a camera, you are always taking photos and looking around for photo subjects non-stop.

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Then there is the pull the camera out of the closet, dust it off, perhaps buy a new lens because finally it is vacation time again!

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You can tell this type of photographer in online forums as they are the ones arguing about the latest cameras and which lens is the sharpest.  They are also the ones asking for photo spot suggestions and where they should go on vacation – Cuba? Iceland? Ireland? Which national park is the best? etc.  In otherwords, where can I justify pulling out the tripod and standing next to my fellow vacationers to get that same photo I see on the post card rack.

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Nothing wrong with this of course, I do it myself.  I get pumped for a vacation with the family and think about all of the great shots I’ll get while the family impatiently waits so we can go to dinner.

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Every new location brings a fresh scenes to captivate the imagination and a change of scenery recharges the soul.  Plus its good for the brain to have to plan out your adventure and navigate a new landscape.  Often one is restricted to basic equipment so planning and adaptation is required.

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But the true artist can bring out amazing images from their own backyard. The amateur puts full faith in the exotic location in order to impress.  As if their vision lays within their equipment and relies on the landscape to provide the artistry.

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Perhaps if the amateur didn’t put the camera back in the closet after an exotic vacation they would learn to see the wonders all around them in their own backyard.

 

A New England Autumn on the Pond

The Splendor of Autumn Season in New England

Looking ahead, we’ll be in the pond-side house and hopefully mostly unpacked and settled, kid off to college by the autumn fall foliage season.  The scene of brilliant orange, red and yellow leaves against the blue of the pond and ocean should be spectacular.  Meanwhile I’ll share some of my past pond and fall foliage artwork and photography from around New England.

Vermont Farm Landscape
Vermont Farm Landscape by Edward M. Fielding

au·tumn

ˈôdəm/

noun

  1. the third season of the year, when crops and fruits are gathered and leaves fall, in the northern hemisphere from September to November and in the southern hemisphere from March to May.

    “the countryside is ablaze with color in autumn”

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    October

    O hushed October morning mild,
    Thy leaves have ripened to the fall;
    Tomorrow’s wind, if it be wild,
    Should waste them all.
    The crows above the forest call;
    Tomorrow they may form and go.
    O hushed October morning mild,
    Begin the hours of this day slow.
    Make the day seem to us less brief.
    Hearts not averse to being beguiled,
    Beguile us in the way you know.
    Release one leaf at break of day;
    At noon release another leaf;
    One from our trees, one far away.
    Retard the sun with gentle mist;
    Enchant the land with amethyst.
    Slow, slow!
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    Old Farmall tractor in the field by Edward M. Fielding  http://edward-fielding.pixels.com/art/fall
    For the grapes’ sake, if they were all,
    Whose leaves already are burnt with frost,
    Whose clustered fruit must else be lost—
    For the grapes’ sake along the wall.
    Old New England White Picket Fence in Autumn
    Old New England White Picket Fence in Autumn
    Old New England White Picket Fence in Autumn by Edward M. Fielding

    See all of the autumn and fall foliage images in the portfolio of fine art photographer, Edward M. Fielding here – http://edward-fielding.pixels.com/art/fall

One Fine Day in Winter – The Life of the Photographer

One Fine Day in Winter – The Life of the Photographer

Growing up I was a huge fan of Mad Magazine and especially Don Martin’s cartoons which often had titles such as “One Fine Day in XYZ”. Combine that with my new learning challenge of creating videos and you get a result like the above video which attempts to get the viewer a glimpse into my process. Yes, mundane chores like like doing the laundry, giving rides to ski practice and grocery shopping get in the way of the “glamorous” life of the fine art photographer.

Big snow falls add extra challenges. 1. being the driveway has to be shoveled before any play happens. 2. it is often not safe to stop along a roadside when the plows are still working or the ditches are just waiting to swallow your car. 3.when you are the one working from home you get a list of chores to do.

Not all is as it seems in winter. A couple years ago I drove up what I thought was a snow covered driveway but it turned out to be a snowmobile trail and it swallowed my new car. I ended up walking to a country store and buying lunch for a burly landscaper kind of dude with a truck full of shovels to come and help we get out of the snow bank.

Oh the hazards of the job. Full of adventure yet full of perils not shown on a GPS unit.  Here are a few captures from Etna, NH after snow storm Nico.  8 – 12 more inches are on the way!

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